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My husband has got a job in Spain so we are moving out in April this yer - very excited!
My question relates to voting rights - if we both become Spanish residents do we both lose the right to vote in UK elections? Do we gain the right to vote in Spanish general elections?
We were thinking about keeping one of us resident in UK and one resident in Spain so that we still have voting etc. rights in UK - has anyone else done this?

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Hi
New to the forum so be gentle with me!
My husband has got a job in Spain so we are moving out in April this yer - very excited!
My question relates to voting rights - if we both become Spanish residents do we both lose the right to vote in UK elections? Do we gain the right to vote in Spanish general elections?
We were thinking about keeping one of us resident in UK and one resident in Spain so that we still have voting etc. rights in UK - has anyone else done this?

Thanks for any help
Shee
Hi!

Hope you enjoy using and being a member of the forum.

You can vote in local and European elections in Spain, and I think you can vote in the UK too. Look at this link from the FCO which has info from both countries.

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PS Why do a lot of new members say "be gentle with me" or similar? What do they think we're going to do with them???!!!

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Old 5th February 2010, 08:03 AM
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Hi
New to the forum so be gentle with me!
My husband has got a job in Spain so we are moving out in April this yer - very excited!
My question relates to voting rights - if we both become Spanish residents do we both lose the right to vote in UK elections? Do we gain the right to vote in Spanish general elections?
We were thinking about keeping one of us resident in UK and one resident in Spain so that we still have voting etc. rights in UK - has anyone else done this?

Thanks for any help
Shee
Hi, Shee & welcome. You retain the right to vote in UK general elections for 15 years after leaving. If you become a Spanish resident you will receive a form from the local council asking if you want to register for EC voting rights. If you do you cannot then vote in EC elections in the UK. You can't vote in Spanish general elections unless you become a Spanish citizen. Hope you enjoy it when you arrive.

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To keep the right to vote in UK elections you need to apply for inclusion on the Electoral Register in the Constituency where you were last enrolled. If I remember correctly, we wrote for the appropriate form to the Returning Officer of the District Council where we last lived in the UK.
You then have to get your completed application signed by a UK Passport holding resident of the country to which you have relocated.

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Im not sure where the "IF" comes into it.

If you move to Spain then you have absolutely no choice but to register as a resident here, its the law here. By not doing so, you will be at risk.

And of course by registering here you are no longer a UK resident and lose your entitlement to UK health care and most benefits

You will no longer be allowed to vote in local elections in the UK, although you will be allowed to vote in General elections much as Gus says

Keeping one of you as a resident in the UK I am afraid is not a legal option in your circumstances.

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Im not sure where the "IF" comes into it.

If you move to Spain then you have absolutely no choice but to register as a resident here, its the law here. By not doing so, you will be at risk.

And of course by registering here you are no longer a UK resident and lose your entitlement to UK health care and most benefits

You will no longer be allowed to vote in local elections in the UK, although you will be allowed to vote in General elections much as Gus says

Keeping one of you as a resident in the UK I am afraid is not a legal option in your circumstances.
What if you are resident in Spain for part of the year, have Residencia but also have a UK address and are on the UK electoral register?
I'm not sure but I think my son and daughter-in-law are in that situation, apart from being on the padron, which I thought was where your voting entitlement comes from. They have property here, spend a lot of time here but are mainly UK based.

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What if you are resident in Spain for part of the year, have Residencia but also have a UK address and are on the UK electoral register?
I'm not sure but I think my son and daughter-in-law are in that situation, apart from being on the padron, which I thought was where your voting entitlement comes from. They have property here, spend a lot of time here but are mainly UK based.

Actually, I'm the same. I rarely go back to the UK, but nonetheless I have a house there

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Actually, I'm the same. I rarely go back to the UK, but nonetheless I have a house there

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But are you on your local electoral register?

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But are you on your local electoral register?
In England??? I guess so. I dont know if they've sent the new form thingy out, but if they havent yet then yes!????? and if they do, I might as well put my name on it?? Or is that illegal if I'm residencia in Spain


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In England??? I guess so. I dont know if they've sent the new form thingy out, but if they havent yet then yes!????? and if they do, I might as well put my name on it?? Or is that illegal if I'm residencia in Spain


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That's what I was wondering. If it's illegal, what would the crime be?

Vote-stealing????

or

Improperly influencing the outcome of a democratic process???
That sounds posher..........

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